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Manchester Grammar School

Student rating 4.8/ 5 by University of Oxford student
Old Hall Lane Rusholme Manchester Lancashire M13 0XT United Kingdom


Manchester Grammar Schoolreview by University of Oxford student. Machester Grammar School -Subjects covered all main arts and sciences -choices to do 9-10 subjects for GCSE -English & Maths compulsory -Choice of different languages: French, Spanish, German (option to do Italian in lower 6th for a GCSE) -Art & D/T available for GCSE -encouraged to do 4 A-Levels but can drop down to 3 -no complusory A-level choices or combinations, free to choose own A-level subjects. -class sizes prior to 6th form around 20-25 -each class has form tutor (who will teach them for one subject as well) and separate subject teachers. There is also a head of year tutor who is in change of overall academic and behavioural issues -boys struggling academically will get additional help from year tutor -1st & 2nd (year 7 & 8) classes will have form prefects (6th form boys)who generally look after and help out their charges -6th form: class sizes around 10-15 -each have form tutor (again teaching one subject) and 2 teachers for each subject -school is heavily geared towards exam results and preparing boys for exams -internal annual exams -extent to which teachers focus on exam knowlegde or wider learning dependent on teacher and ability of class -exam success is most important for teacher and students -however most teachers still enthusiastic and passionate about subject -homework every night, workload: personally not to overwhelming potentially for some. -teachers do alot of work for you! -highly academically successful (especially in terms of value for money) -2006 & 2007: over 90% of A-levels A & B grade -2006 & 2007: over 85% of GCSEs A* & A grade -extra classes for oxbridge candidates -2007 38 offers from oxbridge

College Counseling

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  • "They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university…"
  • "For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more…"

Admissions - Getting Accepted

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  • "Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents*the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

-MSG is a day school no boarders -lunch provided (but can have packed lunch) -lunch generally reasonably good -in winter limited areas for outdoor play -summer allowed on grass large areas for break-time football etc -modern sports hall -gym for use yr 5 and above -located in fallowfield area of Manchester -student area of city -generrally fairly safe, but have been muggings etc -when outside grounds best to stay in groups and don't advertise ipods etc -strong connections with nearby girls schools: Manchester High and Withington -hold discos and fashion shows together -end of school ball for upper 6th leavers (with girls schools) -ethnically don't have detailed knowledge, so won't be able to say for sure -thankfully not really an issue, v. limited conflict -predominalty white, but signifcant numbers of students from Asian and Chinese descent. Some black students but perhaps smaller content than others -religion: major religions all present and catered for -Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu -1/3 of students of busary scheme to help with financial side -surrounding area: student & Asian (large number of Asian cuisine just off "Curry Mile")

-MGS prides itself on the large number of extra-curricular activities that it offers -seriously the RANGE IS HUGE!!! -in my opinion one of the best aspects of the school -the following will probably leave out a large number of activities but I can't remember them all! -Sport: large number of highly successful sports teams -Football: A&B teams for each year, overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams Friday football for 1st & 2nd yrs who havent made the team -Rugby: large number of teams, anyone can come to year group training -CROSS-COUNTRY RUNNING:slightly biases as was captain, but an amazing club!!! -highly successful, make up most of the county team -all year groups train together (unique feature) makes team a real family, fantastic atmosphere & team spirit -great and friendly coaching staff -other sports: Athletics, Swimming, Cricket, Tennis, Hockey, Lacrosse, Archery, Badminton, Table Tennis, Water Polo -other clubs:-Drama (major society produce large no. of plays etc highly successful e.g. Edinburgh Fringe) -Art & Pottery Club -New Mancunian (student newspaper) -music -language clubs (inc. foreign film soc.s) -Judo -juggling -Philsoc (society for science based subjects attract some major speakers) -individual subjetc societies -I'm sure there's loads more! -treks & camps:-local outdoor camp Owl's Nest in Disley (south of Manchester) -Whit & summer week-long camps in the Lake District -large number of foreign trips -foreign treks e.g. Desert Trek across Sahara Amount of out of class room activities AMAZING